If you have seen any of the “going green” television commercials lately, you probably realize that pollution and wasted energy are a far bigger problem than most people like to think. In the U.S., one household can produce up to 25,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per year.
In addition, energy bills can equal, or in a few cases even surpass, as much as $2,000. That’s a huge chunk out of any budget. It’s no wonder that wasted energy is taking its toll on the planet, both financially and ecologically. Other staggering energy statistics include:
• About 20 percent of the greenhouse gases produced in the U.S. are produced by residential households.
• 20 to 30 percent of home heating costs come from improper home insulation.
• Nearly a million dollars is spent on energy per minute in the U.S.
Studies have also proven that home appliances are the biggest energy wasters. Your water heater, lights, air conditioner and refrigerator make up only 44 percent of your energy costs.
• Heating Water – 13%
• Lights – 12%
• Air Conditioners – 11%
• Refrigerators – 8%
There are many ways to reduce energy emissions from household appliances, but here are a few of the most commonly overlooked:
Many Americans are still using the old style of inefficient light bulbs. Those bulbs only use about 10 percent of the energy produced to create light. The rest goes to making the light bulb hot. This can actually be a safety hazard. A much better choice would be to use the compact fluorescent lamp which can save over $40 in electricity costs over the bulbs lifetime.
The average American home has at least two television sets and depending on a number of factors, they can be energy hogs. Those factors include type, size, age, and settings. The older televisions are not as efficient as flat screen or plasma models. Another thing that most people don’t realize is that half of television energy output comes from picture brightness. Adjusting your brightness settings down could cut your television energy use in half.
Older cooking appliances may have been built to last, but they’re not very efficient. One of the best things that you can do to reduce energy waste in the kitchen is to use smaller appliances. A Breville toaster oven that uses element IQ conserves 50 percent of the energy used by a standard oven because it has the ability to determine the exact output to use for different foods. Additionally, a convection toaster oven is great because they don’t produce as much heat as conventional ovens. Also, toaster ovens can fit into even the smallest of spaces and the larger varieties can cook entire meals quickly and easily.